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School safety update from the Superintendent

Dear Parents,

Over the past week, we have received several emails from parents in regard to school safety.  Your thoughts and concerns on this most important topic have been insightful and appreciated.  
 
As this week ends, I wanted to write to all of you with an update.   I met this week with our Chief Security Officer and district administrators to review our current safety procedures and protocols and to discuss potential security upgrades to bolster our safety plan.  
 
I also had the opportunity to communicate with the other Chester County Superintendents as well as superintendents across the state regarding the possibility that students at the secondary level may participate in a walkout on March 14, 2018. We are all aware that our students have great concerns over this recent tragedy and are looking for ways to make a difference.
 
I absolutely support our students having a voice and taking a stand on this very important issue. Perhaps student solidarity can make a difference since nothing else has seemed to work.  Paramount however, is the safety of our students while they are in our care.   As we better understand the wishes of our students in regard to the March 14th walkout, the district will notify both students and parents of an appropriate plan for student expression and our expectations concerning student behavior.  
 
Your children have sparked intelligent discussions on this topic, and, as always, we are very proud of them.

Sincerely,
Dr. Emilie Lonardi
Superintendent
Downingtown Area School District